Your Hygge Home

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Hygge is a word that’s become a real trend, making its way from Denmark and wriggling into the collective consciousness. Pronounced “hoo-ga” – in case you were wondering – hygge is often translated as cosiness yet that doesn’t really capture everything it’s about.

While hygge can indeed mean being snuggled up under your favourite blanket or next to a roaring fire on cold winter nights, it’s also about embracing good feelings all year round, and enjoying everything that life has to offer.

If you’re up for injecting a bit of hygge into your home, keep reading for a few ideas!

Turn off technology

It’s hard to imagine life without smartphones, laptops or computers but modern life has gotten a little too obsessed with technology. By learning to switch off every now and again, it’s possible reconnect with both ourselves and our loved ones, and experience true relaxation.

To encourage alternatives to going online, surround yourself with some alternatives. A bookcase with favourite titles, or shelves with board games generate a real hygge vibe as well as being practical too.

Embrace candlelight

Whether it’s a cold winter’s evening or a beautiful summer sunset, candles have a place. Soft, gentle and easy on the eye, candles provide a relaxing ambience and invite intimacy.

Get away from harsh, artificial lights and provide instant atmosphere to your room. Scented candles are even better, and with a wide choices of fragrances from floral to festive and even including food and drink, you can close your eyes and just drift away.  

The extra advantage of candles is that they look pretty and homely even when unlit, so you’ll be adding a dash of hygge all day long.

Bring the outside in

The Danes are very connected with nature and hygge reflects these values. Taking the time to embrace the world around you, and drink in natural beauty is something that almost everyone could benefit from.

You might not be able to escape for a weekend in the mountains, or a hike over the moors, but you can introduce a connection to nature into your home. Bringing plants inside not only adds colour and vibrancy, it also creates a cleaner atmosphere too.

People!

While it’s perfectly possible to embrace hygge by spending a night savouring some quiet time, it’s also about reaching out to family and friends. Make your home a comfortable space where your loved ones can relax and you’ll succeed in creating a truly hygge home!

Living a Clutter-Free Lifestyle

Having clutter might seem just a euphemism for being messy but it’s a problem that can affect mood and health. Studies have shown that living in disorganised surroundings can increase stress and anxiety, so it’s a subject that’s worth taking seriously.

Living a clutter-free lifestyle gets easier the more you do it, and could help to transform your outlook in more ways than you might expect. There are endless ways to approach the subject but here are a few to get you started.

Find a place for everything

One of the most common causes for clutter and untidiness is the lack of a space where something belongs. When possessions have a home, it makes tidying up much quicker and can minimise the chance of something just being left on the side.

You don’t need to have a large home to have space for everything; it’s often just about storage. Whether you need more cupboards, shelving or even just some transparent boxes, getting organised will make staying clutter-free much simpler.

Once everything has a home you don’t need to dither when you’re tidying up, and it will take far less time to banish the clutter to its rightful place.

There will inevitably be a few bits and pieces which don’t really seem to belong anywhere but here’s a secret: the best organised homes all have a clutter drawer. This is where you can put all those tiny knick knacks that you need to keep but don’t belong anywhere else.

Put things away as you go

Clutter tends to accumulate because you’ve cast things aside throughout the day, creating more work for yourself later on. Just a small tweak to your habits can help you to become naturally more tidy and reduce the clutter.

For example, if you change your mind about the shoes you’re wearing, put the first ones back. Don’t leave them on the floor to be cleared away later. Having a glass of wine? Pop the bottle opener straight back in the drawer and the wine back where it belongs too.

Another good habit is never to leave a room empty-handed. If you’re walking into the kitchen, take something with you that needs to be tidied away. Look round for opportunities to tidy as you go about your day and before long it will be second nature.

Storage that’s smart

While any kind of storage is useful, how you use it can be key. Where possible creating storage where you need it rather than on the other side of your home can help to reduce clutter.

If you’ve got to walk upstairs to put away your spare tea towels and tablecloths, the chances are you won’t. It will end up piled on the side in your kitchen instead, creating unnecessary mess and chaos.

Organise your home so your storage is closer to where you need it and you’ll find a lot of the clutter magically melts away.

 

Making Your Home Feel Homely

Whether you rent or own your property, a home is so much more than simply a physical space. Feelings of comfort, security and familiarity, being surrounded by our own style, transforms any place you live in into your home.

Without items that look homely, a space can seem sterile, clinical and detached. If you want to inject a bit of warmth into your home, here are a few ideas that could help.

Think Pictures

Whether you’re an art fan or simply love being surrounded by photos of the family, pictures can really transform a space.

Artwork on the walls adds a personal stamp of style, and can complement and accent your chosen furniture. You don’t need a big space to embrace art; a series of small frames can have quite a magnificent effect.

Photos of family and friends are another way to instantly change the feel of your abode. It’s the difference between a show house and a home, and creates the impression of cosiness. If you don’t like lots of photos scattered around, a multi-picture frame on the wall makes an ideal alternative.

Display your belongings

Whether you are a collector of knick-knacks or just have a few choice items, everyone has personal possessions which looks good on display.

You don’t need to have a large home to be able to accommodate this; opt for space-saving shelving and you’ll have the best of both worlds.

It’s up to you exactly what you choose to display. Some people opt for sentimental items, or belongings from their childhood. Others prefer stylish accessories that complement the decor. Whatever camp you fall into, having a few choice items on display can really add depth to your decor.

Offer comfort

A home shouldn’t just be beautiful to look at, it should be comfortable to live in too. Therefore, when you’re creating your perfect space, think about the items that will make you feel snug, cosy and relaxed.

This could be extra cushions on the sofa, a chunky knit throw, or perhaps a stylish lamp that you can switch on to enjoy a soft glow at night. Homes are more than purely functional, they should be a place to feel safe and secure; a few choice items will easily achieve this.

Show yourself off

Whatever your personal taste, your home should be an expression of yourself. Whether you prefer a modern and minimalist style or a traditional and classic look, there are lots of ways to get your personality across and create a home which really is homely.

Flat Pack v Bespoke

In 1962, the market exploded with the introduction of a brand new product: flat pack furniture. Over the years, self assembly assembly furniture has rocketed in popularity, providing a seductive combination of affordability and choice. However, can flat pack ever offer individuality? Or should you settle for the reassurance of bespoke design?

Here’s a look at how the two measure up.

 

Enter the flat pack

Flat pack furniture has reinvented the market, giving consumers the choice of a wide range of products which can be provided at a very low cost.

In truth, affordability is one of the biggest advantages of flat pack furniture, being cheaper to buy. For many people, the price tag is the largest consideration. One of the other benefits is that it’s also possible to fit large furniture into your car, with the flat packs making it possible to simply take it away rather than wait for delivery.  

However, in some cases, there has been the suggestion of poorer quality, with the constructed furniture not being as solid and strong as bespoke items. There is also the lack of uniqueness, and the knowledge that your furniture is replicated in hundreds of other homes around the country.

Flat pack furniture certainly has many pluses, but it doesn’t tick every box.

Bespoke beauty

There’s something irresistibly beautiful about bespoke furniture; knowing that your design is special and unique to you. Whether your home has unusually-shaped rooms, or whether you just want something different, bespoke furniture is a real luxury that most people would relish.

Unfortunately, bespoke designs typically come with a high price tag and are offered as an assembled piece. This adds even more expense and creates the difficulty of transporting it home, and fitting it through the door. There’s not much fun in trying to manoeuvre a large and cumbersome item of furniture through narrow doorways and up stairs!

A Combined Approach

If you want the affordability of flat pack furniture, but the individuality of bespoke designs, there is now a third option. Fusing the very best of both worlds, it’s possible to buy flat back furniture which is inexpensive but high quality, and features a bespoke design that you create yourself.

It’s never been easier to become a furniture designer, tweaking your furniture design to create something that’s unique to you. Delivered only partially assembled, you’ll still have the satisfaction of putting it together yourself. However, the semi-assembled parts provide a greater stability and ensure the finished item is strong and secure.

Bespoke flat pack furniture could just be the way forward, offering affordability and your own individual style in one delightful package.

 

3 Ways to Create More Space at Home

If your home feels like it’s bursting at the seams, but extending your property or moving isn’t an option, don’t give up. There are some ingenious tricks you can try to help provide the illusion of space – and make you and your family feel more comfortable.

 

Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

 

Remove walls

If you can’t stretch to a full extension, but you have multiple rooms in your home, you might want to consider a radical re-organisation. Walls don’t just restrict the amount of light that comes into the room, they also gobble up a surprising amount of space.

 

If you’re able to knock down walls to create a more open plan area, you could be amazed at the difference it makes. Not only will the rooms feel more light and airy, but the extra inches created by the removal of the wall can help significantly too. By removing the wall and creating a much larger room you’ll have more options to arrange furniture, and it could mean you have more space to move around.

 

Rethink your furniture

Many people move from one property to another with their furniture and never stop to think about whether it still really fits. The sofa and armchairs may get replaced from time to time, but how about the rest of your furniture? Have you ever considered the dresser, cabinet, table or bookcase, and whether it still works?

 

By taking a step back and re-evaluating all your furniture, you could find yourself decluttering on a much bigger scale. While you might not want to get rid of useful storage, if there’s large and clunky furniture which could be replaced with smaller and more streamlined pieces, there’s an opportunity to easily gain more space.

 

You could also consider dual use furniture such as sofas with storage. This will reduce the number of items you need in your home without compromising your options.

 

Get creative with storage

If the space around you is sucked up with essential clutter, it may be that you simply need more storage. There’s lots of different ways to achieve this from utilising under sofa space to hanging hooks on the wall, or even through erecting more shelving. Try and use statement pieces to bring life into a room – through pops of colour or vibrant details.

 

By making space for your items, you’ll find it much easier to keep everything tidy, instantly creating a far roomier and less crowded feel.

Buy Cheap, Buy Twice: Investing In Quality Furniture

Most people love a bargain, but does buying something cheaply mean you’re simply wasting your money? There’s a real difference between getting a good deal and paying out for something that won’t last. The trick is being able to spot the difference between the two.

 

When it comes to furniture, it pays to shop around for the best price – but compromising on quality is never a good idea.

 

Being Savvy With Your Spending

Being smart with money isn’t just about knowing how to save a few pennies; it’s also about knowing when you need to splash the cash. While you might be willing to take a risk or two with low cost items, when it comes to the bigger purchases, it’s a different matter.

 

Buying cheap furniture may seem like the savvy option, but when it falls apart after a short time and you have to replace it, the price tag will suddenly seem quite expensive. To be truly money-wise, it’s important to understand the purchases which are worth investing in, because they’ll repay what you spent. Furniture falls into this category: by investing in high quality items, they’ll last a long time – and you won’t have to keep spending out on inferior items that aren’t really up to par.

 

When Quality Matters

A cheap piece of furniture might look good in the showroom, but somewhere along the line, costs will have been cut. It’s simply not possible to create the same high quality finish at a much lower price.

 

It’s worth considering where the cuts may have been made. Are the sofa cushions thick, plump and soft? Or are they thin and cheap, likely to wear down after just a short time? And how about those cupboards – is the wood of a high quality? Or is it likely to splinter and break once your belongings are all stored away?

 

High quality furniture is about far more than simple aesthetics. Cheap and cheerful may look the part, but once you start to use it, the inferior materials, manufacture and design will soon be evident.

 

Make Your Furniture The Focus

If you like to switch up your decor regularly, getting new furniture may seem appealing – but there are ways to change your look without sacrificing quality.  

 

Put the furniture at the heart of your decor and design your room around it. You might want to move the furniture around, add a new detail or feature piece like a radiator cover, paint the walls or buy new cushions; there are lots of ways to change the appearance of your home while still keeping the same core staples.

 

Indulge Yourself

You deserve far more than cheap furniture which is lumpy, thin and poor quality. When you buy cheap furniture, you buy twice – with no exceptions. Treat yourself by investing in high quality furniture that you love – and it will be part of your home for many years to come.